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A Cure for Wellness
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A Cure For Blandness.
Genre: Psychological
Directed By: Gore Verbinski
Produced By: Arnon Milchan
Gore Verbinski
David Crockett
Written By: Justin Haythe
Gore Verbinski
Starring: Dane DeHaan
Jason Isaacs
Mia Goth
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Bojan Bazelli
Distributed By: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 10, 2016 (Alamo Drafthouse)
February 17, 2017 (United States)
Runtime: 146 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $40 million
Box Office: $26.6 million

A Cure for Wellness is a 2016 psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and written by Justin Haythe, based on a story co-written by Haythe and Verbinski, who were both inspired by Thomas Mann's 1924 novel The Magic Mountain. Starring Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, and Mia Goth.


Lockhart, an ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps. He soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. When he begins to unravel its terrifying secrets, his sanity is tested, as he finds himself diagnosed with the same curious illness that keeps all the guests here longing for the cure.

Bad Qualities

  1. While the premise sounded very decent, but it's sadly ruined with horrible execution, making it come off as another generic horror flick.
  2. Bad acting, especially for some of its cast, especially for, Dane DeHaan and Jason Isaacs.
  3. Poor story: Lockhart had an accident in a car crash, broke his leg, and was trapped inside of the castle until the third act, barely getting any character development because of it.
  4. Most of the characters in the wellness made them so obvious that they're evil members in this movie, and many of them made too many idiotic mistakes throughout the castle scenes.
  5. It doesn't feel like a horror film, as this movie didn't even have much of any rooms of scares at all. Instead, there are just fights and chases throughout the movie, with practically nothing going on in this movie, in fact, the movie feels like a Twilight style theme story rather than being A Cure for Wellness story.
  6. None of the characters, including Lockhart and the members of the Wellness center, are likable at all.
  7. The dentist that drills Lockhart's front teeth can be very disturbing.
  8. Awful structures for the movie.
  9. The movie's story is very predictable.
  10. Downer ending: Lockhart and Hannah, escape on her bicycle as fire engulfs the center, and crash into a car carrying Lockhart's employers, having come to retrieve him and Pembroke. Lockhart tells his employers that Pembroke died, and is ordered into the car. Unable to abandon Hannah, he rides away with her, smiling as they finally escape the asylum, which at the end that Lockhart became evil.

Good Qualities

  1. The cinematography is pretty good.
  2. Dane DeHaan's performance as Lockhart is amazing.
  3. Pretty good ambition.
  4. Beautiful soundtrack that was scored by Benjamin Wallfisch.
  5. Nice visual effects.


Critical response

A Cure for Wellness was released on February 17, 2017, and was not well received by critics, or audience alike, who praised its visuals, cinematography, performances and ambition, but criticized its length, plot and structure. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 42% based on 202 reviews, with an average rating of 5.32/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "A Cure for Wellness boasts a surfeit of visual style, but it's wasted on a derivative and predictable story whose twists, turns, and frights have all been more effectively dealt before.". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 47 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". However, it got a 7.5/10 user score rating on the same site and a 6.4/10 rating on IMDb. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.

Box office

The film opened on February 17, 2017, in over 2,700 played the movie, but on its third weekend, it bombed at the box office so badly, and most of the movie theatres were pulled the film after three weeks after the released.


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